Warning About Used Computers being sold on Facebook Marketplace (Windows 11)
Updated: Jul 12
I'm seeing some computers being sold on the King Yard Sale Page with Windows 11.
I must warn consumers that Windows 11 has been released to TechNet members for testing purposes only. This is not a stable release yet.
Windows 11 has been leaked on unofficial platforms (Torrent Sites / Peer 2 Peer) which is great for individuals to test their own devices but these files may contain malicious code embedded by the uploader. I'm not saying that this is what has been loaded on these devices for sale, it could be an ISO from Microsoft that is legitimate, nevertheless Windows 11 is not ready for release to the average consumer or business. What I will say is Microsoft has stated that Windows 11 will require Intel 8th Gen Processors and AMD Zen 2 CPUs when it is officially released this fall. The image I copied (seller name and image removed) has an Intel i7-4710MQ which is a 4th Gen Intel CPU.
AMD CPU Support Windows 11: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-hardware/design/minimum/supported/windows-11-supported-amd-processors
Intel CPU Support Windows 11: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-hardware/design/minimum/supported/windows-11-supported-intel-processors
This system specifically can run Windows 10 and will be supported until October 2025 but as it stands Microsoft may not support this particular machine after the official launch of Windows 11 and the buyer would need to roll the device back to Windows 10 assuming a valid license or COA is embedded on the board or a Microsoft Authorized Refurbisher COA Sticker is attached.
There are two other issues that need to be reviewed: First issue that needs to be addressed is that the computer comes preloaded with Adobe Creative Suite which is a $600 product per year (see link for pricing per year or per month). There are officially methods to get volume licenses of Adobe Software but not for this particular use scenario. Is this software pirated? Are you okay with pirated software? Second this computer has Mac OS Installed, code named Hackintosh or Hackbook. If you read the Mac OS End User License Agreement it clear states that the software is not owned by the purchaser and can only be installed on supported hardware. If the machine doesn't have a fancy Apple Logo on it, then it can not legally be sold with Mac OS. Don't believe me you can check out a little company called Psystar.
I know snitches get stiches, which is why I specifically omitted the sellers name and image from this blog. I'm not trying to get these business/individuals into trouble. As a business owner in the Information Technology Field I want consumers to make well informed decisions. If you decide to spend $350 on a laptop like this be my guest. Unfortunately most people purchase these laptops because it seems like a great deal and they're not aware of the risk. My job here is done, to inform you of the risk and let you make the decision. Just be mindful that if something unofficial breaks and you go to a legitimate business for repair you may be told we they can't help you.
Sources and Links Below: "Using the principles above, we are confident that devices running on Intel 8th generation processors and AMD Zen 2 as well as Qualcomm 7 and 8 Series will meet our principles around security and reliability and minimum system requirements for Windows 11. As we release to Windows Insiders and partner with our OEMs, we will test to identify devices running on Intel 7th generation and AMD Zen 1 that may meet our principles. We’re committed to sharing updates with you on the results of our testing over time, as well as sharing additional technical blogs." https://blogs.windows.com/windows-insider/2021/06/28/update-on-windows-11-minimum-system-requirements/ https://ark.intel.com/content/www/us/en/ark/products/78931/intel-core-i7-4710mq-processor-6m-cache-up-to-3-50-ghz.html https://www.theverge.com/2021/6/14/22533018/microsoft-windows-10-end-support-date https://www.bringingyourtechtolife.com/post/windows-11-news-release